Agenda Item 7
January 20, 2017
Robert H. Drummer, Senior Legislative Attorney(,(,
Bill 50-16, Elections - Special Elections - Executive Vacancy
Bill 50-16, Elections - Special Elections - Executive Vacancy, sponsored by Lead Sponsor
Councilmember Leventhal, was introduced on December 13,2016. A Government Operations and Fiscal
Policy Committee worksession is tentatively scheduled for January 30 at 10:30 a.m.
Bill 50-16 would require a special election to fill a vacancy in the Office of the Executive under
certain conditions and establish the procedures for conducting a special election.
In 2014, the Maryland General Assembly proposed an amendment to the Maryland Constitution
to enable a county to enact a local law requiring a special election to fill a vacancy in the Office of County
Executive. See 2014 Maryland Laws, Chapter 261 at ©7-l2. The Maryland voters approved this
amendment to the Maryland Constitution at the 2014 election. Pursuant to this authority, the Council
proposed a Charter Amendment that would authorize the Council to enact a law requiring a special election
to fill a vacancy in the Office of the Executive. The County voters approved this Charter Amendment at
the 2016 election last November. See Question A at ©13-l6.
50-16 would implement this authority by requiring a special election to
a vacancy in the
Office of the Executive that occurs before December 1 of the year before a year in which a quadrennial
state election will be held. The procedures for the special election would be the same
a special election
to fill a Council vacancy.
This packet contains:
Legislative Request Report
2014 Maryland Laws, Chapter 261
2016 Local Ballot Questions
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